Facebook has struck a deal with Uber that allows users to order taxis directly from the Messenger app.

Powered by Uber’s API, Messenger enables its millions of users to sign up for Uber with one tap and request a ride.

It means all of Uber’s features including payment, maps and alerts will be available through Facebook’s Messenger service.

Uber is the largest ride-sharing company in the world with more than 1 million journeys in 290 cities being made every day.

The service will initially be rolled out in certain US cities with global expansion expected in early 2016.

Current Uber users can connect their existing account in Messenger and start requesting rides from any conversation.

Extra services through the Messenger app include sharing your current trip with other users, request friend pick-ups on your journey and sending friends you location so they can request a ride by tapping on the location.

Earlier this month Uber launched Uber Pool – a service in London that allows passengers to share a ride with strangers for a 25 per cent discount.

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